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Chick Lit Recommendations

Posted by on Jun. 21, 2008 at 9:51 AM
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Here is the place for all of those chick lit book recommendations to be made.

Please add a summary of each book, so those that are interested can find out a little more.  Also, please just add new recommendations and not posts that just say "I agree" and "I like that one too".  It will make it a lot easier for everyone to sort through the posts.

         Abigail 5/17/06 and Isabelle 10/17/07

"Life's what you make it - so let's make it rock." - Hannah Montana

by on Jun. 21, 2008 at 9:51 AM
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JTexMom
by on Jun. 21, 2008 at 9:54 AM
Anything by Marian Keyes
Kate1022
by on Jun. 21, 2008 at 9:53 PM
Good in Bed and In Her Shoes by Jennifer Weiner. Very funny, very well-written and very sweet.
Dina6742
by on Jun. 22, 2008 at 9:31 AM
Sophia Kinsella, Emily Giffen, Lauren Weisberger, Jane Green, Laura Caldwell,  Beth Harbison, Holly Winston, Robyn Sisman, Megan McCafferty

books titles
goodbye jimmy chooes
shoes addict anoymous
you'll never nanny in this town again
chasing harry winston
the shopholic series
something borrow/blue
j_l_b
by on Jun. 22, 2008 at 3:18 PM

by lsu98 on Aug. 20, 2007 at 10:20 AM

Title: The Scandalous Summer of Sissy Leblanc

Author: Loraine Despres

Genre: Women's Fiction

Brief Summary: Story of small town Louisiana woman in the 1950's and all the trouble she stirs up. Very funny, good balance of comedy and tragedy. Same author also wrote The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell. Similar storyline about the grandmother of Sissy Leblanc, set in the 1920's.
j_l_b
by on Jun. 22, 2008 at 3:18 PM
Title:  The Secret Life Of Bees

Author:  Sue Monk Kidd

Genre:  Women's Fiction

Summary:  Set in South Carolina in 1964, "The Secret Life of Bees" tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed. When Lily's fierce-hearted "stand-in mother," Rosaleen, insults three of the town's fiercest racists, Lily decides they should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina--a town that holds the secret to her mother's past. There they are taken in by an eccentric trio of black beekeeping sisters who introduce Lily to a mesmerizing world of bees, honey, and the Black Madonna who presides over their household. This is a remarkable story about divine female power and the transforming power of love--a story that women will share and pass on to their daughters for years to come.



Title:  The Mermaid Chair

Author:  Sue Monk Kidd

Genre:  Women's Fiction

Summary:  Inside the abbey of a Benedictine monastery on tiny Egret Island, just off the coast of South Carolina, resides a beautiful and mysterious chair ornately carved with mermaids and dedicated to a saint who, legend claims, was a mermaid before her conversion.

Jessie Sullivan's conventional life has been "molded to the smallest space possible." So when she is called home to cope with her mother's startling and enigmatic act of violence, Jessie finds herself relieved to be apart from her husband, Hugh. Jessie loves Hugh, but on Egret Island, amid the gorgeous marshlands and tidal creeks, she becomes drawn to Brother Thomas, a monk who is mere months from taking his final vows. What transpires will unlock the roots of her mother's tormented past, but most of all, as Jessie grapples with the tension of desire and the struggle to deny it, she will find a freedom that feels overwhelmingly right.

What inspires the yearning for a soul mate? Few writers have explored, as Kidd does, the lush, unknown region of the feminine soul where the thin line between the spiritual and the erotic exists. The Mermaid Chair is a vividly imagined novel about the passions of the spirit and the ecstasies of the body; one that illuminates a woman's self-awakening with the brilliance and power that only a writer of Kidd's ability could conjure.
j_l_b
by on Jun. 22, 2008 at 3:19 PM

by texassnowangel on Aug. 29, 2007 at 5:40 AM

Title: The Owl and Moon Cafe

Author: Jo-Ann Mapson

Genre: womens fiction

Summary:  Focused on three generations of women; facing struggles in life, leukemia, job loss and trying to find love. I can't describe it well enough to do it justice. Not some sappy story, has it's racy parts. At least look for it to read the back. It's a good one.
j_l_b
by on Jun. 22, 2008 at 3:20 PM

by mamadiana875 on Sep. 1, 2007 at 4:38 PM

Title: The Vineyard

Author: Barbara Delinsky

Genre: Women's Fiction / Romance

Brief Summary:  Olivia, a single mom who was abandoned by her own mother at age 18, fantasizes about being a part of a big, happy family. She begins working for Natalie Seebring, the matriarch of a renowned Rhode Island winery, where she becomes aware of the dysfunctionality of a family whose secrets have been hidden throughout the years. As Natalie prepares to marry a long-time friend and vineyard manager (a mere six months after the death of her husband), she begins writing a memoir to help her middle-aged children understand her motivation. With Olivia's help, Natalie is able to reconcile with the past and bring her children to a new understanding of who she is. Meanwhile, Olivia's own search for love and acceptance is fulfilled as she meets the man of her dreams.
j_l_b
by on Jun. 22, 2008 at 3:21 PM
by robynnselli on Sep. 4, 2007 at 8:48 PM

Title:  My Sister's Keeper

Author:  Jodi Picoult

Genre:  Women's Fiction

Summary:  This story was difficult to read and difficult to put down at the same time.  It's a great book for moms. It centers around a pair of sisters.  One born for the purpose of saving the other.  The great thing about it is, it gives you everyone's perspectives, and you can see how the relationships are so different, and yet the same.
j_l_b
by on Jun. 24, 2008 at 11:41 AM

by Gooneybird on Aug. 24, 2007 at 2:04 PM

TITLE:  Last Chance Saloon

AUTHOR:  Marian Keyes

GENRE:  Chit Lit

SUMAMRY:  Ever since legwarmers were cool, best friends Tara, Katherine, and Fintan have survived small-town ennui, big-city heartbreak, and endless giddy nights out on the town. But now that they've graduated to their slightly more serious thirties, only Fintan has what can honestly be called a "love life." With Tara struggling daily with her eternal diet -- and her dreadful, penny-pinching boyfriend -- and Katherine keeping her single existence as organized as her drawer full of matching bra and panty sets, it seems they'll never locate the exit door out of the "last chance saloon."


But it's always when you are least ready for change that fate insists on one. And when catastrophe inevitably follows crisis, the lives of three best friends are sure to change in unexpected ways ... and not necessarily for the worse.

British/Irish chick lit about young singles dating etc.  This one has some darker parts and some heavy character stuff. 



TITLE:  Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married

AUTHOR:  Marian Keyes
 
GENRE:  Chit Lit

SUMMARY:  What happens when a psychic tells Lucy that she'll be getting married within the year? Her roommates panic! What is going to happen to their blissful existence of eating take-out, drinking too much wine, bringing men home, and never vacuuming?


Lucy reassures her friends that she's far too busy arguing with her mother and taking care of her irresponsible father to get married. And then there's the small matter of not even having a boyfriend.


But then Lucy meets gorgeous, unreliable Gus. Could he be the future Mr. Lucy Sullivan? Or could it be handsome Chuck? Or Daniel, the world's biggest flirt? Or even cute Jed, the new guy at work?



Maybe her friends have something to worry about after all....



TITLE:  Always and Forever

AUTHOR:  Cathy Kelly

GENRE:  Women's Fiction

SUMMARY:  Once upon a time, in the beautiful town of Carrickwell, lived three women. Three women who thought they had life pretty much mapped out.

Ambitious Mel had a high flying career, caring Daisy wanted a child with the boyfriend who was everything to her, and hot headed Cleo was ready to step into the family business once she'd finished her hotel management degree.

Until the landscape shifted and it all came tumbling down.

Now Mel's job comes second to the guilt of being a working mum-of-two. What should be the most natural thing in the world for Daisy becomes the most torturous. And Cleo has to watch the cherished family business crumble along with her relationship with her parents and siblings.

Suddenly everything the three women have always worked for, always desired, looks in jeopardy.




TITLE:  Just Between Us


AUTHOR:  Cathy Kelly


GENRE:  Women's Fiction


SUMMARY:  From the bestselling author of "Someone Like You" and "What She Wants" comes this uplifting novel about how three very different women cope with the complexities of their lives relationships, careers, and families to find fulfilment.


j_l_b
by on Jun. 24, 2008 at 12:59 PM
by jbean3 on Sep. 28, 2007 at 2:12 PM

TITLE:  The Almost Moon

AUTHOR:  Alice Sebold

GENRE:  Women's Fiction

SUMMARY:  With fierce intelligence and emotional intensity, Alice Sebold brings us a searing portrait of a mother-daughter bond that descends into murder.

Clair and Helen Knightly are a parent and child locked in a relationship so unrelenting that they have become the center of each other's worlds. But as this electrifying novel opens, Helen crosses a boundary she never thought she would approach. And while her act is almost unconscious, it somehow seems like the fulfillment of a lifetime's unspoken wishes.

Over the next twenty-four hours, Helen's life rushes in at her as she is forced to confront the choices that have brought her to this one riveting crossroad. As a woman who spent years trying to win the love of someone who had none to spare, she now faces an uncertain and dangerous freedom.

With her unflinching ability to confront the violence and danger that lurk beneath life's everyday surface, Sebold explores the complex ties within families, the meaning of devotion, and the thin line that separates us from our most haunting impulses. The Almost Moon is unforgettable, a raw and powerful story of passion and redemption written with the strength of voice that only Alice Sebold can bring to the page.

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